Gravitas Nabs rights to self-driving car documentary, ‘Autonomy’

Gravitas Ventures has acquired rights to self-driving cars documentary “Autonomy,” directed by Alex Horwitz and executive produced by author Malcolm Gladwell, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will be available in theaters and on demand on Nov. 15. “Autonomy” debuted at the 2019 South by Southwest Film Festival and was inspired by a cover story in Car and Driver, “Auto-No-Mo’-Us: Addressing the Totality of the Driverless Car,” guest-edited by Gladwell.

“Autonomy” investigates how driverless cars could enhance mobility for the disabled and support agriculture, technology and the economy while also posing the question, “Are we willing to put our lives in the hands of a machine?”

“Alex presents an insightful and balanced examination of the driverless future that we’re racing towards every day, with its global implications both thrilling and foreboding,” said Tony Piantedosi, vice president of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures.

“Autonomy” was produced by Car and Driver and Haven Entertainment. Piantedosi negotiated the deal with Joe Facarion at Endeavor Content.